The Imperial Century A Month Challenge Chatzone

Aravis

Here for the ride.
Location
Gloucester
I must admit, I'm feeling uncomfortable about doing a ton this month.
You are certainly not alone. But for the moment I think I'd probably try given the chance.

The one personal rule which I don't think I've broken since the pandemic arrived is that I will only go out when my wife is available and willing to collect me. As she is a front-line NHS nurse working in critical care, clearly that takes priority!

I'm also dependent on her goodwill. I can't deny that last time I went out I hit the tarmac, so I can hardly say these things can't happen. My ribs are still quite sore and the consequences could have been more serious.

For the first time this year the weather looks just about perfect this coming Friday, but that is one day I definitely can't go. Good luck to anyone who can. :smile:
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
I will only go out when my wife is available and willing to collect me

This is wholly sensible.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
I've decided against the century challenge year. Partly Covid "stay local" worries and partly my crash last year shook me up possibly more than I realised at the time and I'm a bit nervous about straying too far. I don't have a home rescue service. Oh, and I haven't ridden a century for nearly a year so now is maybe not the time to start again!

I've been trying to do longer distances on local loops, but staying within - say - 7 miles from home is a bit soul destroying as it's all suburban London and a combination of dull environment and stressful traffic. I've managed a metric century of that but I there is a huge temptation to say "sod it" when passing near to home that I sometimes can't resist.

btw I'm not for a minute suggesting people should do as I do. Best of luck to anyone doing it - or not doing it - in their own way.
 

StuAff

Silencing his legs regularly
Location
Portsmouth
I was already planning to call a halt to my participation this year- ten years seemed like an apt time to stop- and frankly, starting again after the fail a few weeks back seems more like a drudge than a challenge. I haven't actually ridden since, which is terrible I know (work,weather, or both, basically). I might however do 'twelve centuries in a year'.
 

steverob

Veteran
Location
Buckinghamshire
I was already planning to call a halt to my participation this year- ten years seemed like an apt time to stop- and frankly, starting again after the fail a few weeks back seems more like a drudge than a challenge. I haven't actually ridden since, which is terrible I know (work,weather, or both, basically). I might however do 'twelve centuries in a year'.
Make it thirteen and you can join the Lunacy thread!
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
Using THIS website which can work out a Mileage/KM radius from a point. I'm, looking at no more than 20 miles furthest from home for this months ride. I am also lucky that my partner can be on standby to pick me up if any unfortunate whatever happens.
I will be doing two different loops. Stopping at home after loop one for a cuppa and snack before heading out again.
This way I'll be on my own the whole ride with no need to visit any shops or premises apart from my own.

For those that are not doing rides during this time. It's wholly understandable and hope you'll be back in the challenge in better times.
 

ianrauk

Tattooed Beat Messiah
I've added the following to the qualifying rude rules.

COVID. During these tough times one stop at home for refuelling during your ride is permitted. Hopefully meaning a qualifying ride can be planned sticking to more local routes than usual.

I hope this works for people.
 

Aravis

Here for the ride.
Location
Gloucester
I've finally had some sense talked into me.

I had a major setback at the end of last year. Despite this I managed to grind out the last two rides for the 2020 challenge, and I'm very, very pleased that I did this.

But for all sorts of reasons, I don't think that trying to join this year's challenge would be a good idea. With a temptingly fine forecast for tomorrow, my wife's counsel is to forget the 100-milers for now and build myself back up with shorter and more frequent rides - strangely similar to what I've often told myself I should be doing without ever taking my own advice. :wacko:

I needed to be told this; the challenge is extraordinarily addictive and left to by own devices I'd've felt compelled to try.
 

Ajax Bay

Guru
Location
East Devon
forget the 100-milers for now and build myself back up with shorter and more frequent rides - strangely similar to what I've often told myself I should be doing without ever taking my own advice.
Get out and enjoy the rides.

I was a year ahead of you (and in the same boat of 'not taking my own advice'). Having easily completed metric centuries '16 and '17 (and SRs) I stepped up to doing both metric and imperial in '18 and '19 (and SRs, and RRTY in '18/19) but decided in Jan 2020 to 'drop back' to just metric in '20. As the year unfolded, that was fortuitous, though I did manage some long rides August and October to get my SR with 10 days to go.

For those of us not commuting by bike, there's a tendency to say (to ourselves) 'got to be a long one' to the detriment of (average power*) quality (for a shorter ride say 2-3 hours) and getting in the hills. As you say: "shorter and more frequent rides" to which I'd add 'harder' and greater variation in speed/effort during those rides. Having spouted all that, I'm still 'not [properly] taking my own advice'.
* For clarity, I do not have a power meter nor do I review any made up calculation of power.
 

Tribansman

Senior Member
Forecast was good yesterday so got out early on a local 50 mile loop that went back and forth and stayed within 7 miles or so of home. Then did it backwards so just about chalked up the century. Stayed fully socially distanced on main-ish roads... which is more than can be said of lots of the walkers and runners I saw out.

Deliberately didn't factor in a halfway stop off at home as would have found it difficult to set off again, esp with my little lad asking why I had to go out again! Took my panniers so carried enough water and tools to make sure I was fully self sufficient. Only got off the bike once to go loo and refill water.

Haven't done many miles in January so took me a while to get going but felt better as the ride went on. The sunshine definitely helped...

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